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4.0 out of 5 stars A work that flows without restriction, 15 Sep 2009
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luster came into being in 1968 and would go from strength to strength following their association with English musician Brian Eno.
This collaborative album delves back to the archives of 1977; the work originally being released on Sky at this time. Possibly one of the most significant landmarks to reference the explosion of German electronic music, the recording sessions took place with the notable virtuoso Conny Plank at his studio in Cologne. The American Gyroscope label would later reissue Cluster & Eno on CD in 1996, before a further reissue emerged from the San Francisco based Water label in 2005.

Brian Eno is of course is renown for his distinctive flair for all things ambient, however the work also features Asmus Tiechens on synths as well as Can bassist Holer Czuka. It's an enigmatic melting pot of ornately crafted instrumentals, equating to a concept album which defines a striking example of electronic music staking out the territory on which future followers would grow their crops.

"Ho Renomo" and "Schone Hande" are free spirited tracks with some understated additions of simple, yet hugely effective instrumentation, introducing an abstract intellect. "Mit Simaen" sees dark shadows become encapsulated in light while dancing across the walls - each key movement is defined with a piano line played on the higher register. The motions become distinctly engaged with "Selange" which proves itself as the perfect coda to "Mit Simaen."

In the main, the work flows without restriction, meandering in the most carefree manner and evolving gently before picking up pace prior to "One" - a striking centre piece. "One" exposes some dense undergrowth - foliage that PIL must have surely caught scent of when writing "Death Disco." While the majority of compositions remain gentle and serene this takes bold steps, spreading its psychedelic eastern fragrance with sounds crafted by sitar, tabla and tamboura. An extended portion of sensual and tribal atmospherics. "Fur Luise" returns to more traditional roots with its own distinctive atmosphere created by a naked piano ostinato. It's an empty place in which to exorcise dark embedded thoughts - the perfect resolve to this pensive dream piece.

On the whole, this work is a must for anyone who wishes to catch sight of where it all began.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eno goes to Germany, 20 Sep 2010
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D. J. H. Thorn "davethorn13" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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I'm a fan of Cluster rather than Eno, so this review is biased. Although I have the latter's 'Another Green World' and have heard some of his ambient material, he has never really convinced me that his reputation is deserved. This collaboration took me a little while to get used to, as Cluster's albums are dominated by electronic paraphernalia. Here, however, their sound is compromised by a large dose of piano which I guess is down to Eno's influence. The result is sublime in places. 'Ho Renomo', which opens the album, is crafted from beautifully-layered textures and rhythms overlaid with a softening piano. For me, this is the best track. 'Wehrmut' and the ambitious 'One' are also particularly impressive, these tracks being the longest on what is not a long album. Certainly, 'Cluster and Eno' serves as a useful break from Cluster's harder electronic sounds, though by this time they had refined it. An interesting comparison is their 'Sowiesoso', the title track of which has similar qualities to 'Ho Renomo'. The former track however, is arguably their best recording on their best album. I could do with Cluster without Eno for the most part, but this is still an impressive album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sublime, 19 Feb 2008
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Stephen Otoole "reepicheep" (London, London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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If you know Eno and you know cluster then you will know what to expect: for you mortals who have not yet discovered the genius of these artists then dip your toe in and feel the warm water of intelligence mingling with spirit. This is as far from rock and roll as you can get, yet it is tinged with the faint hues of acid comedowns and ecstasy highs.All you need to know is one thing. IT IS QUALITY.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice, 9 Jun 2013
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yet another fantastic eno collaboration. If you are an eno fan then there is much to like here. buy it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Oct 2014
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